With boxing starting to return, albeit in a very different way to normal, we'll be resuming a lot of the regular series we had on hiatus, including "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly", where we look at the best, and the worst of the last 7 days of boxing!
1-Mike Plania's big upset
We all love an upset, and it really was nice to see the over-looked Mike Plania upset WBO #1 ranked Bantamweight Joshua Greer Jr, who likely expected an easy time against the Filipino fighter. Whilst Plania's performance wasn't perfect, and there are obvious areas for him to work on, he still impressed, and was very, very good value for the win. The two knockdowns from the Filipino were great, and the first 6 or so rounds from him were very good, however we do now have serious questions about his stamina, and it'd be great to see his team work on that before he's back in the ring.
2-Sergio Sanchez' KO of Gustavo Pina
On Saturday night we were treat to a very special KO from Sergio Sanchez, who scored one of the KO's of the year as he took out Gustavo Pina. For those who haven't seen this one we suggest you all hunt it down, absolutely fantastic way to finish a bout, and Sanchez will hopefully be getting a lot more attention thanks to the finish. It's worth noting that even before the stoppage Sanchez was looking like the sort of fighter that needs to be on TV a lot more. A very fan friendly fighter who just added to his own personal highlight reel.
3-Clay Collard getting another win
Talking about men who need to be on TV more often Clay Collard again showed what a great fighter to watch he is. The tough, rugged and crude American is unlikely to ever be a championship level contender but he's the sort of fighter who will give any prospect a genuine test. This past week he got a well deserved 6 round win over David Kaminsky on one of the Top Rank cards and that's just the latest in a in a string of upsets for the former MMA fighter. In the last 12 months has has ended the perfect winning runs of Quincy LaVallais (then 7-0), Maurice Winslow III (then 2-0), Quashawm Toler (then 9-0), Raymond Guajardo (then 5-0) and Kaminsky (then 6-0). He has also upset the then 13-1 Dushane Crooks and then 10-1 Geralrd Sherrell. Fingers crossed he now gets a genuine promotional contract and the chance to keep doing what he's been doing so damn well recently.
1-Scoring in the US
It's not been all good this past week or so, with the scoring of US shows now starting to become a bit of a joke in the Covid-19 era of boxing. Patricia Morse Jarman scoring the Kaminsky Vs Collard bout 58-56 in favour of Kaminsky is just the latest in a flurry of bad cards from "The Bubble". Whilst we all know judging is questionable at best this should have been used as an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and get the officiating right, but instead it's still an appalling mess and does little to help a sport that has a chance to shine. Hopefully when boxing resumes it's normal service we'll start to see judges actually punished for some of the scorecards they are turning in right now.
It's not just Jarman either, with Dave Moretti some how scoring the Greer Vs Plania bout level at 94-94, a score that didn't reflect the action in the ring at all.
We all understand boxers, matchmakers, managers and promoters are in a tough situation right now. Plenty of boxers haven't been able to train properly, others are essentially stuck where they are right now, limiting international fights and numerous other issues are at play. With that said however the main events of recent shows have done little to help the sport. Did we really need to see the talented Gabe Flores take on the limited Josec Ruiz? Or Emanuel Navarrete beat up Uriel Lopez? Those bouts did little for the viewers and for the fighters, who will both have had tougher sparring sessions. The sport has the limelight right now, with so little sporting action taking place, but with bouts like these it's doing it's self no favours. Fingers crossed we can get something a bit more interesting soon!
1-Covid Strikes Fights off - Too soon?
With so little boxing taking place it's hard to find to many things that are ugly in the sport right now, thankfully. One that is leaving a really bad taste however is the number of fighters testing positive for Covid-19. Whilst it's great to see bouts return to the US we have already seen Mikaela Mayer and Mikkel LesPierre being pulled from bouts due to the virus. With the 7-day rolling average for cases in the US increasing recently it may be worth realising that boxing isn't currently needed, as much as we want it, in the country. The race for sports return during a pandemic that is still not under-control is an moral issue that the sport really doesn't need, especially not with the dark cloud of Daniel Kinahan currently hanging over it.
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